People are opting for a bubbly bath in a rather untraditional part of their home by installing tubs in their backyard, experts have revealed.
Social media users across the country shared snaps as they bathed in the open air.
Experts have revealed the practice has come into vogue in recent months as people ‘reconnect with the outdoors’ and seek to make their garden an extension of their living space in the wake of Covid.
Talk to FEMAILJames Smith, Director of Innovation at Victoria + Albert Baths, explained: “The nationwide lockdowns we have experienced as a result of the pandemic have accelerated this trend as people have started to reconnect with people. large spaces and seek to make the most of their outdoor spaces.
Many Britons choose to take a long, bubbly bath in a rather untraditional part of their home by erecting tubs in their garden, experts have revealed
Experts have revealed the practice has come into vogue in recent months as people ‘reconnect with the outdoors’ and seek to make their garden an extension of their living space
Speaking to FEMAIL, James Smith, chief innovation officer at Victoria + Albert Baths, said there had been a “real movement towards creating calm and restful spaces outdoors”.
“A notable example of this was the rise of ‘sanctuary gardens’ at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. From outdoor showers, baths and soothing water features, we are seeing a real shift towards creating calm and restful spaces in our outdoor spaces to relax and practice mindfulness.
“The sanctuary garden trend illustrates the positive impact our outdoor spaces can have on our physical and mental well-being.
“From helping to lower blood pressure, easing muscle aches, improving immunity and helping you sleep better, there are so many health benefits to bathing and what better way to bathe? only enjoy it in the comfort of your own outdoor space.
“Best of all, with a range of compact and large tubs now available, installing an outdoor tub is within reach, whether you have a small patch of grass, a city balcony or a sprawling lawn.”
Many social media users took to Instagram to share snaps as they soaked up the sunshine from the garden boxes (pictured)
And it’s not just for adults! A woman shared a snap as her two children jumped into an outdoor bathtub in her garden
However, James admitted that there are a number of factors to consider before jumping into the purchase of an outdoor bathtub.
Think of your neighbors and test it: James reveals how to buy a bathtub for your garden
- Choose a material that will handle being exposed to the elements all year round.
- Opt for an ‘isolated and sheltered place’ where the swimmer has ‘privacy’…
- …However, you should also try to place the tub close to the main property to “minimize plumbing complications”
- Choose a comfortable bathtub – be sure to test it before buying
He said: “There are a few key considerations to take into account when planning an outdoor bathroom. The choice of material is critical. Anything that resides outdoors will be exposed to the elements all year round.
He added: “The placement will require careful planning. An isolated and sheltered place, where the bather has some privacy, is ideal.
“It also needs to be close enough to the main property to minimize plumbing complications.”
In the meantime, he concludes: “Finally, choose a comfortable bath. An outdoor bath is likely to be a regular treat rather than a daily occurrence, so you’ll want to indulge in a long soak when using it.
James advised the user to test the bath as best they could before investing in a bath, adding: “Sit (and lie down) in the bath before you buy it. Different people find different shapes comfortable.
Social media users were quick to share snaps as they soaked up the sun this summer.
Instagram user Lucy, who runs @The Fables of Forge Cottage account, shared a number of snaps as she posed in a bubble bath outside her home.
She commented: “Tell me you have a husband who is a plumber, without telling me… I go first.
Meanwhile, Danni, from Sheffield, who has over 42,000 followers on her @Plot.81 account, shared the news that she was placing a bathtub on her lot earlier this year.
She wrote, “Phase 1 of the award bath dream is underway, I have a bathtub!”
While experts have suggested many Britons want to ‘connect with nature’ by bathing outside, some have taken to Instagram to post photos as they indulge in a garden wash.
Others were equally enthusiastic about their garden tubs, with Instagram user @thehutathopscotch, from New Forest, sharing a snap of their toes as they bask in the tub (right) Meanwhile, Instagram user @The.tin.shed.glamping, from Wiltshire, posted a picture of his tub, writing: “Whether it’s hot or cold in our outdoor tub, that’s the answer !” (left)
Another Instagram user shared a snap as her child enjoyed a bath amid the UK-wide heatwave earlier today
“This cast iron beauty was a £50 gum tree find and came with its original claw feet.
‘It was ridiculously heavy but surprisingly not that difficult and now it takes pride of place at the top of the plot, positioned where the sun hits during the day but also where I can watch the sunset in the evening too .
“It will take a bit of imagination to see the vision, and it may seem a little gross right now, but I’m just thrilled at the real prospect of a hot bath at the end of a long day of gardening, or from a cold plunge in summer.’
Others were equally enthusiastic about their garden tubs, with Instagram user @thehutathopscotch, from New Forest, sharing a snap of their toes as they bask in the tub.
Desire for tranquility! Another Instagram user shared a photo of a tin tub placed in a field, filled with shallow water and surrounded by flowers
Another, from Suffolk, took a moment to relax in his bath with a stunning view, a book and a cup of tea
They commented, “Bathtub bliss…beautifully cool on the hottest days.”
Meanwhile, Instagram user @The.tin.shed.glamping, from Wiltshire, posted a photo of his tub, writing: “Whether it’s hot or cold in our outdoor tub, that’s the answer !”
‘Sit back and relax overlooking the meadow with a log fire to heat the water on chilly days or just lay back without turning it on to cool off in the heat.
“Enhanced by a glass of local wine or freshly picked rose petals.